Western North Dakota Area Heath Education Center (AHEC)

The Western North Dakota AHEC (AHEC) works to recruit, educate and sustain health professionals in rural North Dakota. We are “Connecting students to careers, professionals to communities, and communities to better health.”

We are contracted with Mayville State University but housed in Hettinger, North Dakota. The Western North Dakota AHEC serves 25 counties.

Western North Dakota AHEC Staff

Denise AndressDenise Andress, RN
Director, Western North Dakota AHEC
(701) 637-0178

Letter from the Director

Denise is a Registered Nurse of 20 years. She is the Director for the Western Area Health Education Center for North Dakota. In her current position, she develops networks to coordinate activities within North Dakota to encourage students interested in healthcare occupations to consider rural environments. Denise has received her Bachelor's degree in Nursing in 1992 at Grand View College in Des Moines, Iowa. Denise is the Chairman for the AgriSafe Network, and a Certified Occupational Health and Safety Provider. Denise is a promoter of rural health and rural living and ultimately creating opportunities for our communities.

Katie Shahan
Education/Program Coordinator, Western North Dakota AHEC
North Dakota State Advisor, HOSA Future Health Professionals

(701) 637-0178
PO Box 615 109, South Main Street
Hettinger, ND 58639